Talitha, Thiago and Oliver

Baby Oliver was born on the 31st of August at 11:04 pm weighing 7lbs and 11oz. Welcomed by the proud parents Talitha and Thiago. 

Talitha had been a patient woman, waiting for he son to arrive, when she was well overdue from her estimated date. Even going into labour she was confident this would be a natural birth, supported by her husband and her doula. But birth teaches us, even the most prepared birth plan come with the possibility of change. Before Oliver arrived, Talitha said everything happened very quickly all of the sudden. Distressed by a long labour, he was showing signs of trouble in the womb and the doctors prepped for an emergency c-section. 

Thankfully both mother and son are doing well and were happily breastfeeding when I visited them three days after. 

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Eabha, Séamus, Donnchadh and baby Sadhbh

Eabha and Séamus welcomed their daughter Sadhbh on the 26th of August at 7:52 pm weighing 7lbs and 9 oz. When I arrived in the room, baby Sadhbh was peacefully sleeping in Mamo’s arms, dad Séamus and older brother Donnchadh were somewhere in the hospital and Eabha resting in bed.

Originally a c-section had been planned for the coming Friday, but due to changing circumstances, the doctors ultimately decided to move it to an earlier date. With a change in dates, preparations to welcome the newest member of the family had been thrown off course a little bit. And so it happened that Sadbhb didn’t have a name yet, when she was born.

Eabha later on told me that her father is a Gaelgóir and she grew up speaking Irish at home. Being fond of the language and having a love for Irish names, Eabha and Séamus decided on Sadhbh Ellen. Sadhbh meaning ‘sweetness’ or ‘goodness’ in Irish and Ellen after Séamus’ mother.

Sadhbh is just about 19 hours young in the below gallery, pictured with mom, dad and big brother.

Aoife, Mark, CJ and baby Cuan

Aoife and Mark welcomed baby Cuan on Monday the 26th of August at 8:59 am weighing 8lbs and 11oz.

When I came to photograph them, I already met Mark and their older son CJ in the elevator. He was bubbling with excitement and racing down the hospital corridor to see his mom and new brother. In the room was a sense of new beginnings. Another mother waiting for labour to start behind the divider and CJ playing peekaboo in the closet. It was busy, yet calm. And in the middle of it all was baby Cuan, approximately 30 hours old.

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Míde, Adam and baby Mabel

Baby Mabel Ann was born at 12:30 am on the 16th of August, weighing 7lbs and 6 oz. Two weeks before her official due date and already teaching her parents, Míde and Adam, their first lesson in parenthood. Be prepared for unexpected changes.

When she thought she was going for a routine check-up for her pregnancy diabetes, Míde ended up finding out that she would be induced. Two days before Mabel would actually make an appearance.

I was allowed to meet them in CUMH the following day, approximately 39 hours after giving birth. Please find the full gallery below:

Kelly and baby Donnacha

Baby Donnacha was born on the 3rd of August at 1:25 am, weighing 8 lbs 11 oz. He was welcomed by mom Kelly, dad Eoin and brother Daithí.

Kelly had a quick labour and couldn’t quite believe it was time to go to the hospital. She arrived around 10 pm and baby was born a few hours later in caul, meaning Kelly’s waters didn’t break during the birth. As a participant of the Domino scheme she and baby were able to go home later in the evening.

The family welcomed me into their house the following day and I was able to capture some of the moments during their first breakfast as a family of four, as well as the midwife coming for a visit.

Roselyn and baby Tadg

Parents Roselyn and James welcomed their second baby on the 22nd of July via c-section at 7:30 pm. Tadg weighed 8lbs and 2 oz.

The family allowed me to visit them the following day and photos were taken less than 24 hours after giving birth. You can see Tadg adjusting to being on this earth and finding comfort while nursing. Mom Roselyn minding her little son while also recovering from the c-section.